National 19.8.2016 02:37 pm

Spy boss steps down ‘by mutual agreement’

Sonto Kudjoe (GCIS)

Sonto Kudjoe (GCIS)

Speculation about the reason for previous departures at the security agency include alleged pressure to stop a probe into the Gupta family.

The state security ministry said on Thursday that head of State Security Agency Sonto Kudjoe has quit after three years in the post.

“The contract of the Director General of the State Security Ambassador Sonto Kudjoe has been terminated by mutual agreement. Ambassador Kudjoe will pursue opportunities,” State Security Minister David Mahlobo said in a statement.

The ministry thanked Kudjoe for her contribution to the agency but declined to give further comment on her departure.

It said an acting appointment would be announced in due course.

Kudjoe was a career diplomat before she joined the SSA, serving as South Africa’s ambassador to Sweden and later Egypt.

The intelligence agency went through a major shake-up three years ago when Kudjoe’s predecessor Jeff Maqetuka as well as head of domestic intelligence Gibson Njenje and head of foreign intelligence Moe Shaik, long seen as an ally of President Jacob Zuma, staged a joint walkout.

Speculation about the reason for their departure included that they had been pressed to stop a probe into the dealings of the Gupta family.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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